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When we established Seven iDP back in 2011 we had a simple goal: to make the best protection on the market.
We’re still pushing these boundaries and that’s why our design and r+d crew travel to the high latitudes and sweltering summer Alps to test our products in the harshest of environments.
Riders like Sam Hill, Greg Callaghan, Mark Weir and Steve Peat are pretty demanding, by keeping these guys happy we can be confident that our product is on point.
Our design group was unanimous in their opinion that the helmet should have a hard shell construction allied with great ventilation and be as light as possible without compromising its protective characteristics. These beliefs were backed up when we consulted a range of riders from EWS and downhill World Cup racers to local trail riders.
A hard shell (think DH/motocross helmet) - has an outer shell made typically of Carbon, Glass Fibre or ABS. The shell protects the EPS foam core from puncture and absorbs energy on impact. A typical micro shell helmet (think XC/trail/road helmet) does not have a substantial outer shell, as a consequence provides inferior protection.
Ventilation - The ‘23’ In Project.23 refers to the 23 full-bore vents that allow air to flow in at the front, move through the specifically designed channels and exhaust heat at the rear. This enables incredible through-flow for ease of breathing while helping you stay cool.
Weight - There was no compromise in our choice of materials to ensure the correct balance between protection and weight. This resulted in a weight of 945 grams for the Carbon and 1060 grams for the Glass Fibre model in a size large.